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Diagnosed hypothyroidism, on Eltroxin. Has all symptoms, was treated for supraventricular tachycardia. Is this related ?

My father had been diagnosed hypothyroidism. At the time of diagnosis, he had high tsh levels with normal t3 and t4. Now, he is taking Eltroxin 50 mcg and have normal tsh levels. One thing that i can t understand is that he has all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism like alopecia, heat intolerance, weakness in lower limbs , extremely low RBC count. once he had also get treated for supraventricular tachycardia , it is one of the manifestation of hyperthyroidism but i don t know whether at that time it was associated with his thyroid or not.
Asked On : Sat, 22 Dec 2012
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Sep 2012
Hello, Welcome to HCM, I am Dr. Das.

Look, thyroid is a mysterious gland. In autoimmune diseases like hushimoto's thyroiditis, body develops antibodies against the thyroglobulin, thyroid peroxidase. This leads to destruction of the thyroid gland. It causes release of the residual hormone in blood. So, in this period, patient will present with features of hyperthyroidism. But, when the residual hormone is finished, then there is low thyroid hormone level leading to features of hypothyroidism.

So, this is the problem in very simple word.

Answered: Sun, 23 Dec 2012
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